Monday, July 23, 2012

Kite Kilim Collector

"We are OBSESSED with our print. I bought it for our new apartment--moved in with the boyfriend, therefore redecorating-- and it totally jives with our Empire State Building view! Thanks...and I look forward to buying more of your stunning art!!"  
--L.F., New York, NY

Print is available here.

Rug by West Elm; rug inspired print (center) by Misha Blaise Design.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Croatian Folk Dress and my Best Ebay Purchase Ever

This is a picture of my Aunt and the very festive looking Serbian/Croatian dance group she was a part of in Toronto in the 1950's.
Copyright Misha Blaise
The traditional collective folk dance of the region is called Kolo and it looks like a cross between Irish stepdancing and Middle Eastern line dancing. The dancers move around in different formations, joining their hands around each other’s waists. There is almost no movement above the waist.

I recently went through a massive ebay rampage to find some Croatian textile art, and I stumbled upon what turned out to be one of my most exciting purchases ever from ebay: 2 prints by Croatian graphic artist and painter Vladimir Kirin that depict the Kolo dance and also the regions folk costumes (What? You think you buy more exciting things than that from ebay? Doubtful.)   The prints were made in 1955 and are so freaking charming and cute:

"Kolo" dancers in folk costumes from Vinkovci in Slavonia (eastern Croatia).
The ethnic dress of the region is super colorful and detailed; it has been a big inspiration for my art lately. Also, check out this old guy below, can you even stand how cool that mustache is?  The shoes are also out of control: 

Folk costume from town of Imotski in Dalmatian hinterland near Split.
 I have a total obsession with historic textiles from around the world and I'm loving these folk costumes.  It's amazing to see the global influences, because both images have elements that could probably be seen in Middle Eastern, Indian, and even African prints too.

Here is the grand finale of the Kolo dance being performed by some professional Balkans dance group. The music is way crazy and this is a lot more fast and furious than how I think most people dance, but this was the best video I could find during a ten minute Youtube search ;)

Also this is a Serbian group playing some beautiful music typical of the region.  The beat is off the chain and their voices are beautiful.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Paintings

After months of making mostly digitally manipulated images, I finally immersed myself back into the world of painting. (see more here)
Art by Misha Blaise

Art by Misha Blaise

Because I have become so accustomed to the precision of working digitally, it has been really exciting for me to work with paint and explore color and form in a way that is more unpredictable.  These paintings draw upon my obsession with folk art and bold colors.

Art by Misha Blaise

Art by Misha Blaise
Art by Misha Blaise
There are a few more that you can see here!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Gallery Black Lagoon Group Show

A few shots from the opening at Gallery Black Lagoon two weeks ago here in Austin, all taken with my super crappy phone camera.  Thanks to everyone who stopped through and to the Gallery for showing my work!

Staci, Amitiss and Farzad!

Anis and Alexis!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

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